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Old 10-02-2008, 07:47 PM   #1
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Default Hiding mods in the engine bay. Engine Cover?!

Do any of the oem engine covers subaru make fit a 03 bugeye? I want to hide my mods from pesky cops asking me to pop my hood. Any negative effects for daily driving such as the heat? Ill be taking it off for the strip and track. Anyone running an engine cover.
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Old 10-02-2008, 07:48 PM   #2
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Paint EVERYTHING black, then make it dirty.
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Old 10-02-2008, 07:51 PM   #3
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I'd rather have a very clean looking engine cover.
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Old 10-02-2008, 08:14 PM   #4
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Here is a pic of a new (for 2008) Zero/Sports product--5 piece engine cover set. I believe that they only make it for Legacy, but I can't read Japanese so there is a chance it is available for WRX and STI. They offer N/A and turbo version (as in pic below) for Legacy. Just be prepared to pay... north of $1000... They also sell the middle piece separately but I can't remember at what price.




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Old 10-02-2008, 08:39 PM   #5
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i saw somewhere on here that took engine cover pieces from other models and made them fit really well on their impreza. cant find it right now but i know it is here.
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Old 10-02-2008, 08:40 PM   #6
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Anyone that can do fiberglass work would be able to make something nice and simple. maybe a bodywork place could do something for you.
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Old 10-02-2008, 08:46 PM   #7
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Don't know if you can get it to work but here's an image of the forester xt engine covers 06-08 don't know about the 09's

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Old 10-02-2008, 09:14 PM   #8
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No there is no. And not a single item shown in this picture would cover anything you;d be modding.
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Old 10-02-2008, 09:20 PM   #9
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Here is a pic of a new (for 2008) Zero/Sports product--5 piece engine cover set. I believe that they only make it for Legacy, but I can't read Japanese so there is a chance it is available for WRX and STI. They offer N/A and turbo version (as in pic below) for Legacy. Just be prepared to pay... north of $1000... They also sell the middle piece separately but I can't remember at what price.




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I like this look. Reminds me of Transformer.
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Old 10-02-2008, 09:31 PM   #10
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I am running a Forester sports engine cover, I had to modify the moutning brackets to allow the cover to sit about 1.5" lower. And yes it does cover some parts that have been modified. It will cover a BOV, fuel injectors if the GBD are removed, turbo inlet pipe, aftermarket fuel lines and rails, zip-tied vacuum lines(indication of running higher psi), TGV deletes, in my case a 3 bar map sensor, etc. I can post pics when I get home.along with tha factory heatshield, it is great way to look stealth.
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Old 10-02-2008, 09:33 PM   #11
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^ ha ha I was thinking the same thing

This is a pretty good idea though. Maybe you could get a vendor to work something up
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Old 10-02-2008, 10:36 PM   #12
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I am running a Forester sports engine cover, I had to modify the moutning brackets to allow the cover to sit about 1.5" lower. And yes it does cover some parts that have been modified. It will cover a BOV, fuel injectors if the GBD are removed, turbo inlet pipe, aftermarket fuel lines and rails, zip-tied vacuum lines(indication of running higher psi), TGV deletes, in my case a 3 bar map sensor, etc. I can post pics when I get home.along with tha factory heatshield, it is great way to look stealth.
Where did you get the engine cover? And how much was it? I looked on SGP and they didn't have it. I even looked in the OEM catalog and couldn't find it.
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Old 10-02-2008, 10:43 PM   #13
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Just a question:

Has a cop ACTUALLY done this to you?

Do you have a really loud exhaust?

I would think that constitutes a "search."

Unless I'm missing something, there are laws preventing such activity.

Just tell them "no."


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Old 10-02-2008, 11:58 PM   #14
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You have never been to Cali. They can actually use a sticker as "probable cause" to pop your hood. If said sticker ID's a part that could be in your engine bay, they can legally make you pop your hood.
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Old 10-03-2008, 12:06 AM   #15
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Yes. Exterior mods such as, aftermarket wheels, tint, exhaust, body work and even stickers can give a trooper probable cause to believe the car is modified under the hood as well.
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Old 10-03-2008, 12:36 AM   #16
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Ive been pulled over twice and asked to pop the hood both times . Factory turbo heatshield hides the DP nicely
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Old 10-03-2008, 12:42 AM   #17
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I've never been asked, nor have I ever heard of anyone around here being asked to pop the hood. The beauty of the RCMP is they don't care about modded cars or drug posession. But if you have a replica handgun..... Note: I'm NOT speaking from experience other than the modded car part. My last speeding ticket was reduced because the issuing officer also had an '02 wrx. He asked me what I had done to it (only a catback at the time) and was telling me I should go catless UP/DP with a tune next . I would never want to cover up that beautiful boxer engine with an engine cover. If you have to, hide your engine mods behind the $20 you are slipping the officer (maybe a $50 if he's a real d-bag)
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Old 10-03-2008, 12:43 AM   #18
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yeah..cali is beyond ridiculous when it comes to that stuff..then again..i guess the smog warrants it

personally i'd rather live in new england and mod my cars and see the stars come out at night, but half my family does live in cali
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Old 10-03-2008, 12:49 AM   #19
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Do any of the oem engine covers subaru make fit a 03 bugeye? I want to hide my mods from pesky cops asking me to pop my hood. Any negative effects for daily driving such as the heat? Ill be taking it off for the strip and track. Anyone running an engine cover.
i dont know about where ya live but here you can tell the cops that you will not pop the hood with out a search warrant, or probable cause. i have had a state trooper ask me to pop my hood, simply told him no that its locked from the inside. he took it in stride and said ok and that was my choice.
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Old 10-03-2008, 01:34 AM   #20
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i dont know about where ya live but here you can tell the cops that you will not pop the hood with out a search warrant, or probable cause. i have had a state trooper ask me to pop my hood, simply told him no that its locked from the inside. he took it in stride and said ok and that was my choice.
HAH....try that in cali and see how fast your car gets towed....WITH two wheels on the ground. They don't care about anything you have to say....including consent. ^^^^Trooper post up some pics.
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Old 10-03-2008, 01:43 AM   #21
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I've never had anyone ask to pop my hood, but I guess my car doesn't look like much to the layperson. That's super, duper lame though. Thankfully I don't live in Cali.
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Old 10-03-2008, 02:27 AM   #22
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I am running a Forester sports engine cover, I had to modify the moutning brackets to allow the cover to sit about 1.5" lower. And yes it does cover some parts that have been modified. It will cover a BOV, fuel injectors if the GBD are removed, turbo inlet pipe, aftermarket fuel lines and rails, zip-tied vacuum lines(indication of running higher psi), TGV deletes, in my case a 3 bar map sensor, etc. I can post pics when I get home.along with tha factory heatshield, it is great way to look stealth.
LOL @ trying to hide injectors, BoV, TGV deletes, map sensor, and vacuum lines.

You get 2 of 7.
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i dont know about where ya live but here you can tell the cops that you will not pop the hood with out a search warrant, or probable cause. i have had a state trooper ask me to pop my hood, simply told him no that its locked from the inside. he took it in stride and said ok and that was my choice.
a) the USA
b) a search warrant is not needed to conduct a search of an automobile during a traffic stop as you have no expectation of privacy while on public roads.
c) probable cause.....we already covered that. "probable cause" is at the sole discretion of the officer, and they have A LOT of freedom. After market wheels are enough 'probable cause' to conduct a search for other modifications on the vehicle.
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Old 10-03-2008, 03:34 AM   #24
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why i hate all the engine covers that OEs are running now. they should just make the engine beautiful. and not cover them up.
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Old 10-03-2008, 04:18 AM   #25
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why i hate all the engine covers that OEs are running now. they should just make the engine beautiful. and not cover them up.
agreed. for instance, go pop the hood on a brand new bimmer. all you see is a plastic square.
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